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By Krister Stendahl

Convalescing the strangeness of scripture for the lifetime of the church— those essays display the consistency and integrity of a grasp exegete, New testomony theologian, and churchman. Stendahl brings to the biblical textual content a continuing main issue to find what used to be intended by means of a selected biblical passage, as unfastened as attainable of the doctrinal or cultural preoccupations of intervening centuries, but additionally to mirror on what the textual content capacity to us this present day, ever alert to the methods scripture has fueled anti-semitism, the subordination of ladies, and different kinds of prejudice and damage. the combo of recognize proven the following for the variety of meanings in scripture and the urgency of reflecting—critically and faithfully—on our modern tasks in gentle of scripture is impossible to resist. the gathering is a testomony to the big variety of Stendahl’s pursuits and the intensity of his conception. “The not easy eyes Stendahl turns upon scripture actually have a glint in them, occasionally reminding his viewers of a imaginative and prescient but higher than scripture, to which scripture is meant to indicate. . . .” —Frederick H. Borsch, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia “Our solutions to [the matters with which Stendahl offers] won't continually be kind of like his. but our personal convictions may be clarified much more than they are going to be challenged by means of the recommendations of this immense between New testomony scholars.” —John Howard Rhys, institution of Theology at Sewanee “There can purely be admiration for the candor with which [Stendahl] pokes holes within the pompous balloons of pious zealotism. His minimalism pushes towards the popularity of finiteness and creatureliness—yes, even for theologians!” —Robin Scroggs, Chicago Theological Seminary “Do no longer omit this thought-provoking assortment shape one of many church’s remarkable biblical scholars.” —David Rhoads, Lutheran institution of Theology in Chicago Krister Stendahl was once Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus and previous Dean at Harvard Divinity institution, and Bishop Emeritus of Stockholm. between his many writings is Paul between Jews and Gentiles (Fortress Press, 1976) and ultimate Account (Fortress Press, 1995).

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